29 September 2011
CHIEFS, women, youths and community leaders from the oil-bearing communities of the Niger Delta, rose from a two-day regional conference on the extractive industry, with one key message to the authorities:
' 'We can not guarantee sustainable energy security in Nigeria ' '.
Speaker after speaker at the conference which was organised by the foremost environmental rights advocacy group, Environmental Rights Action (ERA) in
Port Harcourt, the capital, painted a horrific picture of the situation in their communities. Rivers State
Delegates from Ndokwa ethnic nationality in
, told the conference that the Italian oil giant, Agip, is a Delta State ' 'monstrous oil company that has no respect for the environment and their people ' '
Director of ERA in-charge of Programmes, Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, said the conference was one in a series of consultative meetigs with villages and oil-bearing communities on the need to address
' 'the destructive impacts associated with oil extraction ' '.
The conference however, focused on the oil industry in the country with particular reference to Agip operations in the Niger Delta communities.